Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gates of Ishtar - A Bloodred Path (1996)

1. Inanna (Intro)
2. Where The Winds Of Darkness Blow
3. The Silence
4. Tears
5. The Dreaming Glade
6. When Daylight's Gone
7. Into Seasons Of Frost
8. A Bloodred Path
9. I Wanna Be Somebody (W.A.S.P. cover)

Origin - Sweden
Style - Melodic Death Metal

" Gates of Ishtar are a largelly unknown melodic death metal band from Sweden. Despite being fairly obscure, they put out 3 cracking albums in the late ninties, developed a bit of a following and were fairly influential on later bands of the style such as Kalmah and Children of Bodom "

" Gates of Ishtar sound fairly similar to the earlier styles of In flames and Dark Tranquillity, athough i'd say they're a bit more straight forward then both of them (esp DT) and have a lot more tremelo picked riffs. In fact, this album is pretty much dominated by riffs comprising of notes rather then chords. There's, as usual, some harmonic dual leads, blast beats, black metal-esque vocals, some cool time changes and a harrowing sense of sorrow and despair"

" I think there is a strong Dissection influence as well...Big points in my book !

All in all, a forgotten classic in a period of growth for the melodic death metal scene in Sweden and a jewel to rediscover for its pureness and sincerity"

All Swedish Fan's,and Melo Deth Fan's......This is a must !

Icy Cold !.............Get It!

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